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Norwegian prison may hire friends for mass killer Anders Behring Breivik

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Accused Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik Monday, April 16, 2012, in Oslo, Norway. (Frank Augstein/AP)

Help Wanted: Paid position for civilians to be friends with confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik. Duties may include visiting his Norwegian prison to play chess or hockey.

Details of the gig were first reported by Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, and later translated by other media outlets.

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Breivik, a 33-year-old right-wing extremist, is currently on trial for bombing a government building in Oslo and going on a shooting rampage at a youth camp last summer. The massacre claimed 77 lives.

The director of the prison where Breivik could be housed said steps are being taken to keep him away from other inmates.

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"Many of the measures surrounding Breivik are being created to avoid a hostage-taking, which would be the only way for him to get through all the different layers of security that have been established between him and freedom," Knut Bjarkeid told the paper.

But Norwegian law reportedly considers it cruel punishment to keep inmates in total isolation for long periods of time.

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"We are planning a professional community around him, with employees and hired personnel," the warden said.

It was not reported how much the positions might pay.

His trial is expected to last until July. If found to be insane, AFP reports Breivik would instead be sent to a closed psychiatric ward.

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